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Put Your Ideas into Action on a Carrollton Board or Commission

Post Date:07/10/2019 6:39 PM

The City of Carrollton is now accepting applications for the 2019 Boards & Commissions appointments in October. Residents are encouraged to get involved in the areas of community life that mean the most to them.

Boards-and-Commissions-imageCity government depends on residents who volunteer their time and expertise as members of boards, commissions, and committees. By lending a more diverse viewpoint for City Council to consider, their actions help shape and influence public policy. Citizen involvement is vital in setting the direction for Carrollton's future.

The following is a list of Carrollton’s boards and commissions:

Capital Improvements Plan Advisory Committee (CIPAC) advises and assists the City Council in developing the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) including financial planning standards and criteria for prioritizing capital projects, assessing debt issuance plans, developing the annual capital budget, and bond referendum master planning.

Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission is empowered by state law to hear, investigate, and decide on appeals of all civil service matters including the removal or suspension of any firefighter or police officer. The commission also provides for open, competitive, and free entrance exams; the classification of all firefighters and police officers; and conducts all promotional examinations.

Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) advises and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the preservation and protection of the City’s architecturally and/or culturally significant resources for future generations.

Library Board receives suggestions from citizens regarding the development and improvement of the Carrollton Public Library’s services and makes recommendations to the City Council.

The board serves as an advisory board to the City Council, the City Manager, the Director of Library Services, and the community, but does not have the responsibility or authority over public officials or employees of the City in the implementation of policies or operations of the Library.

The board may make periodic reports to the City Council and perform other duties requested by the City Council, the City Manager, or the Director of Library Services.

Museum Board is responsible for the formulation of policies and guidelines concerning operations of the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. The board also maintains the museum property and selects items to be placed in the exhibit.

Neighborhood Advisory Commission (NAC) serves, advises, and assists City Council in activities related to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the City’s Community Development Neighborhood Partnership programs.

Parks & Recreation Board serves in an advisory capacity concerning the acquisition, maintenance, operation, and use of parks, playgrounds, and open spaces within the City.

Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) has the authority for approval of subdivision plats and provides recommendations to the City Council regarding applications for amendments to the zoning ordinance, zoning map, and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, in accordance with state law.

Property Standards Board (PSB) hears cases on dilapidated or neglected properties and issues orders for repair or demolition of substandard structures. Board members hear and make decisions regarding appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the City’s Building Official and Fire Marshal relative to the application and interpretation of building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire, and housing codes, as well as sign, visibility, and driveway ordinances. The board also hears requests for variances, special exceptions, or meritorious exceptions to Carrollton’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Sign Regulations, in addition to hearing appeals to the City’s Hotel/Motel Ordinance and Apartment Crime Reduction Program.

Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 (TIRZ) prepares and adopts a project plan and reinvestment zone financing plan for Zone No. 1 and submits the plan(s) to the City Council for approval. Subject to any restrictions and limitations contained in the act, the board of directors possesses all powers necessary to prepare, implement, and monitor such project plan(s) and financing plan(s) for the reinvestment zone as the City Council considers advisable, including the submission of an annual report on the status of the Zone (Ordinance 3167).

Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) receives and considers information on traffic enhancement and makes written recommendations to encourage and promote traffic safety within the City.

Committee members coordinate planning and implementation of projects by various organizations interested in traffic safety.

The committee serves as an advisory board to the community, but does not have responsibility or authority over the public officials or employees of the City in the implementation of traffic safety, enhancement programs, or operations.

Applications for all seats will be accepted until Monday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m.

The Carrollton Home Rule Charter establishes certain qualifications that must be met by all members of City boards, commissions, and committees. To serve, you must have been a resident of Texas for at least one year with at least six of those months as a Carrollton resident; be a qualified Carrollton voter at the time of appointment; not have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude; not be an adversary party to pending litigation against the City, except for eminent domain proceedings; and have a creditable record of attendance and performance in any previous board service.

Carrollton City Council will discuss the appointments in an October worksession prior to a Council meeting. Some boards and commissions will require interviews for potential candidates. All applicants will be notified after the appointment process.

For more information or to fill out an application, visit cityofcarrollton.com/boards or call 972-466-3005.
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